Lambrecht banned checking the stocks of these tanks a week before the resignation.< /p>
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius ordered to check the stocks of Leopard 1 and Leopard 2 battle tanks, which the Minister's predecessor Christine Lambrecht forbade checking.
Business Insider reports.
According to the publication, as head of the Ministry of Defense, Lambrecht deliberately did not check the weapons in advance due to fear that the inventory of tanks would indicate German plans to transfer them to Ukraine. Therefore, Lambrecht banned the test a week before her resignation.
As for possible reasons, a source from the German Ministry of Defense said that allegedly the Chancellor Olaf Scholz should not be put under additional pressure on the supply of tanks.
“If it turned out that the Bundeswehr was counting its operational tanks, this could be interpreted as a readiness to deliver tanks. They allegedly wanted to avoid such an impression, especially since the chancellery allegedly did not issue an official check order to the Ministry of Defense at that time” , – the publication says.
Recall that following the meeting in the Ramstein format, Pistorius said that the participants could not agree and make a decision on the supply of Leopard tanks to Ukraine. At the same time, the minister said that he ordered an inspection of these tanks in Germany.
Pistorius also noted that Germany is ready to speed up the transfer of tanks to Ukraine if there are appropriate agreements with the allies.
At the same time, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that some countries that have Leopard 2 tanks have agreed in Ramstein to start training courses for the Ukrainian military.